Panama City Commissioners Talk About Condemning Property for Public Use

By: Courtney Hayes
By: Courtney Hayes

PANAMA CITY OFFICIALS ³
³ WILL CONTINUE TO NEGOTIATE ³
³ WITH SOME LOCAL BUSINESS ³
OWNERS WHO ARE REFUSING TO ³
³SELL THEIR LAND. ³
³ AT LEAST FOR NOW. ³
³
ENTIRE CITY BLOCK DOWNTOWN ³
³ BETWEEN GRACE AND JENKS ³
³ AVENUES, AND 5TH AND 6TH ³
³ STREETS. ³
³ THE CITY WANTS TO DONATE ³
³ THE PROPERTY TO THE FEDERAL ³
³ GOVERNMENT FOR A NEW FEDERAL ³
³ COURTHOUSE COMPLEX. ³
³ BUT SOME OF THE PROPERTY ³
³ OWNERS SAY THE CITY IS NOT ³
³ OFFERING THEM ENOUGH MONEY FOR THEIR PROPERTY. ³
³ TONIGHT CITY ³
³ COMMISSIONERS CONSIDER ³
³ EXERCISING IMMINENT DOMAIN, ³
³ THE PRACTICE OF CONDEMNING ³
³ THE PROPERTY AND TAKING ³
³ - IT - OVER. ³
³ BUT IT'S NOT A POPULAR ³
OPTION WITH SOME OF THE ³
COMMISSION MEMBERS. ³
³
³ "I sure don't think we ³
need to impose imminent ³
doman on owners who don't ³
³ want to sell. The money ³
³ can't be enough to recoop ³
³ those displaced to put their ³
³ businesses elsewhere," Commissioner John Pilcher says.
³ COMMISSIONERS DID NOT ³
³ TAKE ANY ACTION AS OF TUESDAY NIGHT.

³


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